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“Easy hike for beautiful scenery”

Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail
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Owner description: This clear lake is a popular hiking spot.
Portland, Oregon
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“Easy hike for beautiful scenery”
Reviewed 2 May 2014

An easy 2.4 miles from the trailhead, Mirror Lake is an attraction at Yosemite that you simply can't pass up. Be sure and take your camera because chances are that you will get some great reflective shots off the lake itself from the surrounding rock formations. In 2014, this area only received about 34 percent of it's normal snow pack, so be aware that Mirror "Lake" is not so much a lake but more of a pond. That being said, it is well worth the hike. Remember, that the trip itself is worth as much as the final destination! If you want the easy hike, stay on the left side of the bridge and go up the paved road but if your idea of hiking doesn't include paved roadways, stay to the right of the bridge and make the loop, first on a well established trail, then back down on the other paved side for a different perspective. Be sure and hydrate well prior to your hike and during as well.

Visited May 2014
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Sunnyvale, CA
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“14 tips for enjoying your visit to Mirror lake”
Reviewed 23 March 2014

1. We hiked from the Ahwahnee Hotel on the trail behind the valet's parking lot. This is a dirt trail going around huge boulders, and eventually merging with the bike trail leading to the paved Mirror lake trail.

2. There is a restroom at the junction of these two trails, but the lock on one of the bathrooms didn't lock, so knock before entering!

3. You can also get to the Mirror Lake trail head using the free Valley shuttle stopping at the #17 stop just after the #16 stop at the Mist trail.

4. From the trail head to the Lake is no more than a mile on an very wide paved road. Cars with handicap plates may drive up to edge of the Lake. The paved road has a very gradual upward incline until the last curve before the lake.

5. Here the paved road becomes very steep. Not wheelchair accessible here, but I've seen many a strollers pushed up to the Lake. There is a sign about 200 yards short of Lake, requiring rental bicycles to be stop at the bike rack.

6. At the lake edge is another set of restrooms. There is a sign prohibiting all bicycles and dogs from entering the dirt trail. Walk another 100 yards, and you reach the site where everyone takes pictures of people on top of the square stone at the waters edge.

7. Today, Monday March 17,2014 at 10am, the whole area is in the shade, with little or no reflection from the mountain walls on the lake.

8. We decide to hike around the lake. The hike is pretty easy as it is level. At the half way mark, one will come to a bridge crossing the fast moving stream. Afterwards the trail disintegrates into a watery swampy area, full of fallen trees, before reaching the landslide region.

9. The landslide region is a stark contrast to the surrounding forests. The entire area is filled with huge boulders and stones. However the trail has been cleared of obstacles.

10. Continuing on wards, and you come to the lake again. However you can't cross the lake, as the water is flowing too rapidly in this day in March.

11. We hike completely around the lake to the roadway, and then hike back up to the picture site with the single boulder. By 1pm the setting is in the sun. Everyone crowds around waiting in line to take shots of their friends clowning on the boulder.

12. This year the lake level is definitely shallower than in the past years, when water surrounded the solitary rock. Come back in late June, and the lake will become a pond full of waterplants. And by late July you will be able to walk on the lake bed.

13. We hike back to the walking trail next to the bike trail, and hike back to the Ahwahnee. The entire hike was 7.5 miles, taking 3.5 hours.

14. I have been told that in past years, the park service dredged the Lake of silt. However there has now been a change of policy, deciding to let nature take it's course, and let the silt accumulate year after year. Eventually the water level will decrease with each successive year, with the Lake become shallower and shallower. So you should definitely see the lake while it is still a mirror lake .

Visited March 2014
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“Well Worth the walk”
Reviewed 14 March 2014

We got off the tour bus & walked up to Mirror Lake & it was so worth while. It is such a beautiful place so peaceful. There was very little water but still amazing

Visited February 2014
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Camp Connell, CA
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“A good walk, and great views”
Reviewed 6 March 2014

It is about 2 miles round trip from the shuttle stop and a lovely way to get away from cars and crowds (except in summer, when everything is crowded) You can extend the hike by taking different routes to or from, but is mostly an easy walk for any person who can handle two miles.

Visited March 2014
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San Carlos, California
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“Wonderful Hike from the Valley”
Reviewed 25 January 2014

We stayed in Upper Pines Campground and were able to walk to Mirror Lake in about an hour. The lake is almost non-existent at this time because of the lack of rains, but it's still a beautiful area. In January, there were patches of snow and some of the lake was iced over. Once we passed the crowds at Mirror Lake, we had the trail to ourselves. It's lovely walking amongst giant redwoods and watching the sunlight filter through the tree tops. So peaceful! We packed sandwiches and stopped for a picnic lunch along the way.

Visited January 2014
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